Millennials are poised to become the largest generation in the U.S. in 2019. But some places are better than others for this booming demographic, according to a new report from WalletHub.
The financial site set out to rank 2019's best and worst states for millennials by looking at affordability, education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. The study weighted civic engagement at 10 points and the other categories at 22.5 points each, and used data from the Census Bureau, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous other public and commercial entities.
And we have to say, this generation of twentysomethings and thirtysomethings might not be too impressed with Texas after reading this report.
That's because the Lone Star State ranks 22nd overall, making it a middle-of-the-road place for millennials. There are some high points, however. Texas stands out as the second most affordable state in the country and ranks a strong 12th in quality of life.
Less impressive are an average 23rd in economic health; an average, again, 27th in civic engagement; and, a frankly embarrassing 50th in education and health. We're only ahead of our neighbor Oklahoma in that category, and, geographically, we aren't in great company, as the report ranks Louisiana No. 47, Oklahoma No. 48, and New Mexico at No. 50 overall.
The honor of best state for millennials goes to Massachusetts, which also ranks first in education and health. The distinction of worst state for millennials goes to West Virginia, coming in at No. 51 — remember D.C.'s on this list, too, charting well at No. 2 overall.